Interzum Cologne: Putting it all together with adhesives

BY BETSI ROBINSON

Judging by the products adhesive suppliers showed at this spring’s Interzum Cologne, they’ve been busy refining chemistries and application techniques to meet the requirements of the latest mattress constructions.

Jim Turner of Saba North America demonstrates adhesive spray gun
Hitting the mark Jim Turner, president of SABA North America, based in Kimball, Michigan, shows off the company’s patent-pending spray gun.

SABA North America, based in Kimball, Michigan, which supplies water-based adhesives for foam bonding, launched its new Zero-Overspray spray gun technology, a patent-pending product that promises a cleaner working environment and potential adhesive savings. The company recently completed its first pilot trials of the spray gun in the United States and “the results have been overwhelmingly positive,” said President Jim Turner.

“We’ve already started to launch in the U.S.,” Turner said. “Delivering zero overspray without sacrificing adhesive bonding performance is a game-changer for us.”

Simalfa leadership team
The ‘S’-team The leadership team of Hawthorne, New Jersey-based Simalfa includes (from left) Darren Gilmore, president and chief executive officer; Harry Bajakian, national sales manager; and Federico Ehrlich, Latin America sales manager.

Hawthorne, New Jersey-based Simalfa featured Simalfa 310, which the company calls “the fastest drying water-based adhesive on the market today.” Introduced last year at ISPA EXPO, the product made its European debut at Interzum Cologne.

“We’re continuing to push the technology barrier of the single-component adhesive, trying to take it to a whole new level—high tack, super-fast dry,” said Darren Gilmore, president and chief executive officer. “Our clients in the United States continue to build and bag right away—traditional innerspring and all-foam beds. That’s just technology. Everybody wants things faster.”

Hot-melt formulas have improved, too, with several new products offering a high bonding capability and less residual glue noise.

Jowat-Toptherm hot-melt adhesive
Hot off the press Falk Potthast, product manager for Detmold, Germany-based Jowat, tests the newest generation of Jowat-Toptherm, a hot-melt adhesive that can be tailored for spray or bead application.

Falk Potthast, product manager for Detmold, Germany-based Jowat, talked up the newest generation of Jowat-Toptherm, which offers a wide range of adhesion, less residual tack and reduced noise. It can be tailored for spray or bead application. The company’s hot melts are Oeko-Tex certified, Potthast said. Jowat, which has sharpened its focus on the mattress industry, showed at Interzum Cologne for the first time in a decade.

Milan, Italy-based Savare offered a new product line that combines high bonding performance with reduced residual glue noise in the finish product. Savare finished development of the Safmelt V21 MT, the top product in the line, just a few months ago. Sales manager Marco Covini called the innovation “perfect” for the top comfort layers of the bed. 


Read each section of the complete Interzum Cologne report for mattress manufacturers:

Introduction: Machinery makers roll out innovations, components suppliers focus on airflow, gel and the phase-change craze

Rocking and ‘rolling’ in the machinery hall

Art meets tech in ticking showrooms

Trends in springs, foam and latex

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